Commuters of the Delhi Metro are all set to feel the pinch from Wednesday when the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) increases fares for the first time since 2009.

Change in fare slabs

The increase will range between ₹10 and ₹50.

Instead of ₹8 at present, the base fare will begin at ₹10 for a distance of up to 2km. Instead of the existing 15 fare slabs, there will be now six slabs of ₹15, ₹20, ₹30, ₹40 and ₹50. The maximum fare will be charged for traveling more than 32 km.

“The fare revision will be implemented in two phases. Phase-I will be implemented from May 10, while Phase II will be implemented from October 1,” said a DMRC spokesperson.

From October 1, the fare slabs will begin from ₹10 with a maximum fare of ₹60.

The hike was given a go-ahead by the DMRC Board on Monday based on the recommendations of a Fare Fixation Committee (FFC) set up by the Centre. The 4th FFC was set up in May 2016 to recommend fares for the Delhi Metro as per the Delhi Metro Rail (Operation & Maintenance) Act, 2002.

Further, discounted fares have been approved to encourage ridership on Sundays and national holidays. These fares start from ₹10 and go up to ₹40. After October 1, these fares would be between ₹10 and ₹50. Commuters using smart cards will continue to enjoy 10% discount on every journey. “To avoid overcrowding during peak hours, an additional 10% discount will be given to passengers with smart cards who exit from the metro system during non-peak hours,” the spokesperson said. The off-peak hours will be from the start of services at 8 a.m., 12 noon to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to the closing of services.

The value of a tourist card with a day and three days validity shall be ₹200 and ₹500, respectively. The fares about Airport Express Line will remain unchanged.

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